VeraSun receives Iowa governor's award

By Erin Voegele | June 02, 2008
Web exclusive posted June 13, 2008 at 12:46 p.m. CST

During a ceremony in Storm Lake, Iowa on June 12, VeraSun Energy Corp. received an Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award for outstanding contribution of volunteer service. The Iowa Department of Education selected the company for the award because VeraSun's Albert City, Iowa, ethanol biorefinery assisted the Albert City-Truesdale Community School District in constructing a playground and provided financial support for school activities and the purchase of school equipment.

"We are honored to accept the Governor's Volunteer Award," said Pete Krull, VeraSun Albert City plant manager. "This award is recognition for the entire community and not just one company. There is a tremendous pride in the community to work together to maintain what we have, while continuing to build for even a better future. We are pleased to have played a role in supporting the community school district and bringing the project to reality."

Established in 1982, the Governor's Volunteer Award program honors and recognizes volunteers for the commitment, service and time they contribute to Iowa's government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

"All volunteers are helping to build One Iowa by freely giving their time and talents to serve the public good," said Iowa Gov. Chet Culver. "Lt. Gov. (Patty) Judge and I are honored to have this opportunity to personally thank this year's award recipients for donating their time in countless ways to improve communities across the state. We look forward to continuing our work with these dedicated Iowans so that together, we can build an unlimited future for all."

Headquartered in Brookings, S.D., VeraSun currently operates 11 facilities that have the capacity to produce more than one billion gallons of ethanol annually; an additional six facilities are under construction or in development.